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article imageOp-Ed: Everything changes once opponent feels Pacquiao's speed and power

By Leo Reyes     Jan 29, 2015 in Sports
Now that everything appears to have been worked out minus the official announcement for the world's biggest boxing event featuring Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, it is time to find out who between them would prevail in the ring on May 2.
While the most-awaited fight is yet to be officially announced, oddsmakers have already declared Mayweather a 3-1 favorite to win the fight.
But some boxing experts including trainers Joel Diaz and Freddie Roach say that there is something in Pacquiao's arsenal that few boxers have as far as speed and power are to be considered in assessing the fighters' ability to win a fight.
Diaz, himself a former professional boxer and a veteran trainer said once an opponent feels the impact of Pacquiao's power with blinding speed, everything will change as the opponent must make necessary adjustments to protect himself from being knocked out.
Diaz said that a lot of people don't realize that once an opponent feels the power of Pacquiao in an exchange of punches, the fight would never be the same again. He also said that Pacquiao does not respect a known power puncher put in front of him. View what Diaz had to say about Pacquiao's awesome speed and power here.
Roach, the longtime trainer of Pacquiao has always been confident that the eight-division champ will emerge victorious in every fight because he knows that Pacquiao's speed and power are beyond compare.
After Pacquiao's stunning loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012, Roach has entertained the idea of an early retirement for Pacquiao. But he was surprised to find out while training for the comeback fight against Brandon Rios that Pacquiao speed and power were still there despite the one-shot beating that he got from Marquez.
Pacquiao's excellent footwork, hand speed and power punches were evident when he pulverized Rios in his first comeback fight in Macau, China in Nov. 2013. View Pacquiao's display of speed and power in this video.
Against Timothy Bradley in a rematch, Pacquiao was a picture of a fully-restored fighter as he reclaimed his WBO welterweight title with ease.
Mayweather vs Maidana in May of 2014
Mayweather vs Maidana in May of 2014
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His full recovery was validated when he exhibited sterling performance against Chris Algieri scoring six knockdowns on his way to a unanimous decision victory.
With his vaunted speed and power fully restored, Mayweather has to augment his defense arsenal as he could be on the receiving end of a deadly power punch that would change everything as Diaz said in the accompanying video.
Meanwhile, Mayweather and Pacquiao have finally met in person fueling speculations that the fight that every fight fan wants to see would now become a reality with an impending official announcement which could be out by this weekend.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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